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When Literary Praise Goes Too Far

By posted at 11:08 am on July 9, 2010 2

More amusement has been prompted by The History of Love author Nicole Krauss’s arguably over-the-top blurb for David Grossman’s To the End of the Land:To read it is to have yourself taken apart, undone, touched at the place of your own essence; it is to be turned back, as if after a long absence, into a human being.” Following Guardian’s subsequent contest for who can write the most absurdly laudatory blurb for a Dan Brown novel, Laura Miller at Salon dissects why author endorsements are so unreliable.





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2 Responses to “When Literary Praise Goes Too Far”

  1. K-cat
    at 12:11 pm on July 9, 2010

    “This book will touch you where your bathing suit covers.”

  2. v
    at 12:16 pm on July 9, 2010

    “To read it is to have yourself taken apart, undone, touched at the place of your own essence; it is to be turned back, as if after a long absence, into a human being.”

    Blech.

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